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SAMpson did such mighty feats: they showed him moreover the sling and stone with which David slew GOLIAH of GATH; and the sword also with which their Lord will kill the man of sin, in the day that he shall rise up to the prey. They showed him besides many excellent things with which ChrISTIAN was much delighted.—This done they went to their rest again,
Then I saw in my dream that on the morrow he got up to go forwards, but they desired him to stay till the next day also; and then, said they, we will, if the day be clear, show you the DelecTABLE MOUNTAINS; which, they said, would yet further add to his comfort, because they were nearer the desired haven than the place where at present he was; so he consented and staid. When the morning was up they had him to the top of the house, and bid him look south : so he did; and behold, at a great distance," he saw a most pleasant mountainous country, beautified with woods, vineyards, fruits of all sorts, flowers also, with springs and fountains, very delectable to behold. Then he asked the name of the country. They said, It was EMMANUEL'S LAND; and it is as common, say they, as this hill is, to and for all the pilgrims. And when thou comest there, from thence thou mayest see to the gate of the Celestial City, as the shepherds that live there will make appear.
Now he bethought himself of setting forward, and they were willing he should. But first, said they, let us go again into the armoury. So they did ; and when he came there they harnessed him from head to foot
1 Isa. xxxiii. 16, 17.
with what was of proof, lest perhaps he should meet with assaults in the way. He being therefore thus accoutered walked out with his friends to the gate, and there he asked the Porter, if he saw any pilgrims pass by? Then the PORTER answered, Yes.
Chr. Pray did you know him ?
Port. I asked his name, and he told me it was FAITHFUL. O, said CHRISTIAN, I know him : he is
townsman, my near neighbour, he comes from the place where I was born : how far do
think he may be before?
Port. He is got by this time below the hill.
Well, said CHRISTIAN, good Porter, the Lord be with thee, and add to all thy blessings much increase, for the kindnesses that thou hast showed to me.
Then he began to go forward; but DiscreTION, Piety, CHARITY, and PRUDENCE would accompany him down to the foot of the hill. So they went on together, reiterating their former discourses, till they came to go down the hill. Then said CHRISTIAN, As it was difficult coming up, so, so far as I can see, it is dangerous going down. Yes, said PRUDENCE, so it is; for it is an hard matter for a man to go down into the valley of HUMILIATION, as thou art now, and to catch no slip by the way; therefore, said they, are we come out to accompany thee down the hill. So he began to go down, but very warily, yet he caught a slip or two.
Then I saw in my dream, that these good companions, when CHRISTIAN was gone down to the bottom
of the hill, gave him a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and a cluster of raisins; and then he went on his way.
But now, in this valley of HUMILIATION, poor CHRISTIAN was hard put to it; for he had gone but a little
way, before he spied a foul fiend coming over the field to meet him : his name is APOLLYon. Then did CHRISTIAN begin to be afraid, and to cast in his mind whether to go back or stand his ground. But he considered again that he had no armour for his back, and therefore thought that to turn the back to him might give him greater advantage, with ease to pierce him with his darts; therefore he resolved to venture, and stand his ground : for, thought he, had I no more in mine eye than the saving of my life, it would be the best way to stand. A
So he went on, and APOLLYON met him. Now the monster was hideous to behold : he was clothed with scales like a fish (and they are his pride); he had wings like a dragon, feet like a bear, and out of his belly came fire and smoke, and his mouth was as the mouth of a lion. When he was come up to CHRISTIAN, he beheld him with a disdainful countenance, and thus began to question with him.
APOL. Whence came you and whither are yoụ bound?
Chr. I am come from the city of DESTRUCTION, which is the place of all evil, and am going to the city of Zion.
APOL. By this I perceive thou art one of my subjects; for all that country is mine, and I am the prince and god of it. How is it then that thou hast run away